GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 21 Florida Gators used a stout run game and solid second-half defense to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores 38-24 on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Gators improved to 3-0 in SEC play and are in a good position in the conference standing heading into a homecoming showdown against LSU next weekend.
Here’s a visual look back at the highlights from the Gators’ win on Saturday.
The run game
The Gators recorded a season-high 218 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns against Vanderbilt. It’s just the sixth time in 31 games under Jim McElwain that Florida has rushed for at least 200 yards in a game and it’s the first time the Gators had 5 rushing touchdowns since a 38-20 win over Georgia on Nov. 1, 2014.
Freshman Malik Davis (above) had a career-high 124 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns. He averaged 7.3 yards per rush. Sophomore Lamical Perine (below) added 58 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After saving the day against Kentucky with two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, quarterback Luke Del Rio earned his first start of the season on Saturday.
But late in the second quarter, facing a third-and-13, Del Rio was driven to the ground by Vanderbilt defensive lineman Dare Odeyingbo as he completed an 11-yard pass to Brandon Powell. Del Rio walked off favoring his left shoulder and did not return to the sideline for the second half.
McElwain confirmed after the game that Del Rio suffered a season-ending collarbone injury and will have surgery Monday.
Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, who started the first three games of the season and was benched in favor of Del Rio against Kentucky, came into the game and completed 10 of his 14 passes for 185 yards. On his first series, with just 43 seconds on the clock and the Gators trailing 17-14, Franks completed his first three passes to get Florida into the red zone. Eddy Pineiro hit a 21-yard field goal to head into the locker room tied at 17.
The catch (again)
Franks’ third and final completion of the series that ended the first half looked vaguely familiar to one he made two weeks ago against Tennessee.
The quarterback dropped back and heaved a pass down the middle of the field for sophomore Tyrie Cleveland, who dove for the 49-yard completion. This time, though, he was just outside of the end zone.
Cleveland wasn’t the only one who had a big catch with Franks, though.
Fellow sophomore Freddie Swain caught a tipped pass in the third quarter intended for Josh Hammond that went for 33 yards and set up a Perine touchdown.
After a rough first half that saw the Gators give up 199 yards and a pair of passing touchdowns, Florida found itself in the second half.
Florida held Vanderbilt to just 111 yards in the second half and limited the Commodores to seven plays in the third quarter.
Specifically, the defensive line came to life.
In total, the Gators had 5 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries in the game. Redshirt senior Jordan Sherit (above) led the way with 5 of those 12 quarterback pressures. Sophomore Jachai Polite had 3 quarterback hurries and a sack, while junior CeCe Jefferson (below) had 2 QB hurries, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.
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